A Clarinet and Harp Duo Concert
with clarinetist Larkin Sanders and harpist Abigail Brower
Saturday, April 13, 2024
A private Rockhill residence
Wine reception to follow
Program to be announced
Tickets will be available March 2024
DR. LARKIN SANDERS, clarinet
Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri, and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she is the clarinet instructor at both Washburn University and William Jewell College, owns the Clever Clarinetist (a clarinet specialty store), is the Executive-Artistic Director of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, and is an active performer. As a chamber music and entrepreneurship specialist, she manages and performs with Porch Music KC, the Bluestem Faculty Quintet at Washburn University, and more. In addition to a variety of chamber ensembles, she also performs with the Springfield Symphony, Topeka Symphony, and other regional orchestras. Dr. Sanders serves on several nonprofit boards such as the American Single Reed Summit (Vice President) and Charlotte House Series. Dr. Sanders is an Henri Selmer Paris, Behn, D’Addario & Co., Brian Corbin Clarinet Products, and Silverstein Pro Team Artist.
In addition to her activities as a clarinetist, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Sanders is also a composer and author who has a fondness for songs and unique chamber ensembles. Larkin has had her works performed in a variety of settings. Her works are inspired by the talents of her friends and colleagues, and the genres of her works span from chamber operettas, art songs, children's music, and more. She is also the author of several books and methods.
Sanders completed her Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a certificate in arts administration at Florida State University in 2015 and studied clarinet with Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Deborah Bish. Larkin holds a master of music degree from Michigan State University where she studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O’Dell and composition with Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas while studying clarinet with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick and Dr. Larry Maxey.
ABIGAIL BROWER, harp
Abigail Brower is an active orchestral and solo performer based in eastern Iowa. Recent performances include guest principal and second harp with wcfsymphony in Waterloo, Iowa and guest harpist with the Cornell College (Iowa) Chamber Singers. In the years prior to and following her graduation with a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance, she performed with Southern Indiana area ensembles and taught private lessons for students of all ages.
A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Abigail performed regularly with university orchestras and other ensembles while maintaining an active gig schedule and competing in area instrumental competitions. In 2015, she received an Honorable Mention in the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Young Artist Competition, earning the privilege of performing alongside the US Army Orchestra and fellow competitors. She was a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra and harp ensemble during her junior and senior years of high school and won second place in the Young Artist Division of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Harp Competition in 2014. She has been plucking her way into the hearts of her audiences since the start of her classical harp training in 2007.
During her time at Indiana University, Abigail studied with Professor Elzbieta Szmyt for over three years, and for one semester with Anneleen Lenaerts, principal harp of the Vienna Philharmonic. Abigail also has a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management from Shenandoah University and spends her weekdays working as a Development Associate for a local performing arts organization. She is available for private events such as receptions, cocktail hours, and other social events in the areas surrounding Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
This concert will take place in a private Rockhill residence, to be disclosed upon ticket purchase
3:30 - 3:55 - Arrive and mingle
4:00 - Concert
5:00 - 6:00 - Performer meet & greet
A wine reception with light hors d'oeuvres will be provided after the concert